Transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be honored with a monument near the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, officials announced on Thursday, May 30.
Johnson and Rivera long advocated for the LGBTQ community and were leaders in the Stonewall Uprisings in 1969, according to their biographies from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The two activists launched the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a housing organization for homeless LGBTQ youth and sex workers.
“Transgender and non-binary communities are reeling from violent and discriminatory attacks across the country. Here in New York City, we are sending a clear message: we see you for who you are, we celebrate you, and we will protect you,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the statement, made with First Lady Chirlane McCray. “This monument to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will honor their pioneering…
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